This past week we learned about the artist William Wegman. William Wegman is a photographer who is famous for taking pictures and videos of his Weimeraner dogs wearing costumes. His dogs are very well-trained, and have even appeared on Sesame Street. This month, 2B made our own silly-looking drawings of dogs in human roles. We hope you enjoy them!
We enjoyed our big in school field trip where we explored buoyancy and boats this week! We conducted many experiments, learned a great deal about what causes objects to sink or float, and the students even got to construct their own boats! It was a great afternoon of learning. Special thanks to our instructor Shari and our four wonderful volunteers!
Our fantastic school librarian Mrs. Smith helped us become published authors this week as week as we took some good copies of our writing and published them in Millgrove's library! Each piece has its own unique barcode and the students are all officially catalogued in the library now as authors. It was delightful to see the students taking out each other's writing, and for them to know that their peers around the school can take their writing home and read it!
2B has been lucky to receive dozens of postcards from classrooms around Canada this year, and it was our turn to send out our postcards this week! We wrote to the other Canadian students about our favourite Spruce Grove facts, including Jennifer Heil, Jack's Grill, and some of our favourite events at Millgrove like the pet parade. We can't wait to receive the rest of the postcards from Canadian classrooms over the next few months!
Our school is lucky to be participating again in the eight week Rainbow Connection program sponsored by Save On Foods and TransAlta Bri Leisure Centre. The Rainbow Connection was created to increase the amount of vegetables and fruit consumed daily by children. The program encourages students to try diverse fruits and vegetables while learning about healthy eating for life. The program also includes a daily exercise guide to promote the benefits of daily physical activity. Participants will learn nutrition awareness and why physical activity is important for overall wellness.
If you would like to receive weekly emails with a recipe that includes the fruit or vegetable they tried, as well as a family activity, and wellness tips, please register by clicking here. During the program students will be encouraged to eat more vegetables and fruit through education, taste testing, and tracking. We are now having weekly samples of vegetables or fruit delivered to our classroom (this week we got to try out oranges!).
You may have heard of March Madness, but 2B took part in a book tournament called March Book Madness over the past month. There was a bracket of 16 entertaining and interesting picture books, and we have enjoyed reading the selections. We voted at each of the rounds of book face-offs and the big winner this week was the Canadian book "Finding Winnie!" Our class' favourite was "Not Quite Narwhal" by Jessie Sima, which you can listen to below. It's always a treat to be exposed to new literature, and we loved seeing what readers around the world liked reading the most!
We’ve been learning about fairy tales and fractured fairy tales in 2B for the past month. Fractured fairy tales are based on classic fairy tales, but the setting, characters, problem, solution, or some other element of the story are changed. The students had great fun reading a variety of fractured fairy tales, and wrote their own fractured fairy tale books. Check out a couple of the fractured fairy tales below and how we planned them using a graphic organizer. You can even practice writing your own fractured fairy tale using the game linked below!
Recently we've been working with dot collections from Gerri Lorway to look for smaller groups of dots within a set of them. The students have loved using these different images to estimate the amount of dots after just seeing them for a flash, and then analyzing the sets of dots to decompose them into different groups. This helps us to use the commutative property and associative property (see above), and as Gerri Lorway says, "The ability to flexibly name numbers is foundational to building long term recall of facts."
The students to 2B have been demonstrating growing skills with two-digit addition and subtraction, so today they were given a mission to make a pretend selection of toys for themselves using online children's stores with a budget of $100. All the students stayed within the budget (with a few approvals to go over budget if their three-digit math was accurate), but their selections and adding strategies were varied and impressive. We look forward to planing more shopping trips with our math skills!
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her kids Jack and Ellie.